• Recipient of the State Prize of Russia
• Recipient of the Konstantin Stanislavsky Prize (for a production of The Barbarian and the Heretic, 1997)
• Recipient of the Seagull prize (for a production of The Jester Balakirev, 2001)
• Recipient of Russia’s Golden Mask prize (for a production of The Little Humpbacked Horse at the Chekhov MKhAT)
Maria Danilova was born in Moscow. In 1983 she graduated from the Moscow 1905 Arts School and in 1990 she graduated from the Moscow State Surikov Arts Institute having obtained the Academy of Arts’ Gold Medal for her degree work (designing the costumes for a production of the play King Lear)
Maria Danilova is one of the most acclaimed theatre designers in Russia. She has worked with many acclaimed theatre and opera directors, among them Pyotr Fomenko, Mark Zakharov, Konstantin Raikin, Roman Kozak, Vasily Barkhatov, Dmitry Chernyakov and Alexander Titel. She has been involved in productions by the Chekhov MKhAT, the Pyotr Fomenko Workshop, the Satirikon, the Lenkom, the Vakhtangov Theatre, the Mariinsky Theatre, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Comédie-Franςaise, the Prague National Opera, the Berliner Staatsoper and the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen among others.
The designer’s most recent works include productions of The Gambler, The Snow Maiden and Eugene Onegin (Bolshoi Theatre), The Queen of Spades (Prague National Opera), Falstaff (theatres in Lübeck and Ostrava), Die Fledermaus (the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre), La traviata, I pagliacci and Cavalleria rusticana (New Opera), La Forêt (the Comédie-Franςaise), The Nose and The Brothers Karamazov (Mariinsky Theatre).